WORKERS HAVE BEEN STRIKING at a Foxconn plant in China, resisting a push to speed up production of the Apple Iphone 5.
According to US group China Labor Watch (CLW), unrest began at a factory on Friday and continued into the weekend.
It reports that the strike began at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory and involved as many as 3,000 workers. Quality control seems to be the issue and it appears that a push to speed up production has had a negative impact on hardware quality.
China Labor Watch said that a strike in the quality control team spread out into the other workers. The unrest might also be due to pressure to work through what is a national holiday week in China.
"This strike is a result of the fact that these workers just have too much pressure," said CLW executive director Li Qiang.
Most of the factory workers have now returned to their stations, adds the report, though some are understood to have left the factory.
Foxconn has denied the reports, however. It said that while workers did strike earlier in October, reports that anything has happened since then are inaccurate.
"Any reports that there has been an employee strike are inaccurate, there has been no workplace stoppage in that facility or any other Foxconn facility during the national holidays in China and production has continued on schedule," it said in a statement attributed to Foxconn Technology Group.
"Employees who have worked during the China national holidays at all our operations in China have done so voluntarily and this is supported by written documentation and any reports to the contrary are inaccurate. Employees who have worked during these holidays have been paid in accordance with China Labor Law, which is three times their normal hourly compensation." µ
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